The Most Googled Beauty Questions Of 2016

Every December, Google does a roundup of the year's most popular searches. It's an interesting way to review what happened throughout the past 12 months — with politics, people, news, etc. But it's also fun to see what everyone was talking about in the beauty world. Looking at the most Googled beauty questions of 2016 is like looking at a list of the year's biggest trends. Some quite obviously belong on the list, and are likely things we've all tried lo these past few months. The rest, however, are pretty surprising.

So, what did you Google in 2016? If you had a question about how to braid your hair, or how to remove that pesky gel manicure, or where/how/when to apply highlighter, then I bet this top search engine was your go-to source. Check out the beauty portion of Google's Year in Search to see what all your fellow makeup fiends were wondering:

  • How to do a fishtail braid?
  • How to make hair grow faster?
  • How to shape eyebrows?
  • How to curl hair?
  • How to remove gel nails?
  • How to clean makeup brushes?
  • How to apply concealer?
  • How to get rid of bags under your eyes?
  • How to fill in eyebrows?
  • What is balayage?

Anything look familiar? I definitely Googled how to fill in my eyebrows, which I think is indicative of the year's trend for bigger brows. But don't you think the rest are kind of surprising? Balayage stands out, seeing as this hair dyeing technique has been around for a few years. Same goes for the concealer question. It shows that some "trends" never really go away, and that even the biggest beauty lovers among us need reminders.

If you're curious or want to brush up on your skills, check out the videos below. Like this one, for how to properly apply concealer.

Or this one, which shows how to correctly clean your makeup brushes.

And this vid, if you're interested in perfecting that fishtail braid.

There you have it! The most Googled beauty questions of 2016. Here's to 2017, to more trends, and to even more questions.